pedro & juana creates public forum for guests at the chicago architecture biennial
pedro & juana creates public forum for guests at the chicago architecture biennial pedro & juana creates public forum for guests at the chicago architecture biennial
oct 02, 2015

pedro & juana creates public forum for guests at the chicago architecture biennial

pedro & juana creates public forum for guests at the chicago architecture biennial
photo by steve hall / © hedrich blessing
image courtesy of the chicago architecture biennial




at the inaugural chicago architecture biennial, mexico city-based studio pedro&juana has created ‘randolph square’ — a relaxed public forum providing free internet access for the event’s guests. located inside the chicago cultural center, the design duo has filled the space with carefully chosen pieces of furniture, while lights are suspended from the ceiling above. conceived as the ‘living room of the city’, couches and chairs are found at the center of the scheme, while tables and desks are positioned at the space’s perimeter. for designboom’s ongoing coverage of the inaugural chicago architecture biennial, see here.

‘randolph square’ at the chicago architecture biennial
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the design has been completed by mexico city-based studio pedro&juana
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the public forum is located inside the chicago cultural center
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tables and desks are positioned at the perimeter of the space
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lights are suspended on orange cords
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couches and chairs are found at the center of the scheme
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the design team has filled the space with carefully chosen items of furniture
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ana paula ruiz galindo and mecky reuss of pedro & juana
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the chicago architecture biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience.


the inaugural chicago architecture biennial, north america’s largest international survey of contemporary architecture, launched in october 2015. through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and program of events, the biennial invites the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion about the future of the field.


the chicago architecture biennial is the vision of mayor rahm emanuel for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by chicago’s department of cultural affairs and special events. it is presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the city of chicago and the graham foundation for advanced studies in the fine arts.


the chicago architecture biennial remains open to the public until january 3, 2015.


  • Very cool. The semi-transparent furniture (especially the rocker-chairs) really caught my eye. Nice. Got to remember that one. I’m not sure about the lighting simple because it seems to be, in a couple of places, hanging kind of low – I mean if it’s as low as it looks to me, how do you move stuff around without interference… Anyhow, I generally like spaces that are slightly “overlit”. Too bad I’m nowhere near Chicago. It looks like a really cool space.

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